Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

Taxation is a key component of global business in today’s commercial world. Law firms are expanding their practice in the area of taxation, creating an increased demand for law graduates with a knowledge of taxation. This degree will provide students with the knowledge and skills for legal practice, taxation or both.

This distinctive degree allows students to combine the study of a full undergraduate law degree with taxation. Students also have the opportunity to explore related subjects such as Business and Commercial Law, Accountancy, Economics, Digital Business and Management.

Students will have completed all the modules required to support them to undertake the entrance exams for the Law Society of Ireland, should they wish to qualify as a solicitor. Students who wish to qualify as a barrister will have the option of taking all additional modules required by the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, through the Legal Professions specialised stream in the final year. 

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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, Mathematics, and another language and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

1 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3*

Year 4

Core Law modules

Core Law modules



Professional Work Placement


Core Law modules




Core Accountancy modules

Core Taxation modules

Core Taxation modules




Legal Skills - Taxation focus

Legal Skills

Legal Skills





Optional modules:



Digital Business

Teanga an Dlí (Legal Irish)



Optional Modules:


Accountancy Economics

Digital Business


Teanga an Dlí (Legal Irish)





Study Abroad


Specialist Streams:

  • The Legal Professions
  • Accounting
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Digital Business and Analytics
  • Management
  • Teanga an Dlí (Legal Irish)

*Year 3

Caithfidh na mic léinn a dhéanann Teanga an Dlí seimeastar amháin ag staidéar ar champas Gaeltachta Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh ar an gCeathrú Rua agus seimeastar amháin eile ar shocrúchán oibre i dtimpeallacht lán-Ghaeilge. (Students who study Legal Irish will spend one semester studying at NUI Galway’s Gaeltacht campus in An Cheathrú Rua and one semester of professional work placement in an Irish-speaking environment.)


The Legal Professions
Students will complete the modules required for the Law Society of Ireland (solicitor) professional entrance examinations as core modules.  This stream allows students to undertake the modules required for study at the Honourable Society of King’s Inns (barrister).

Business and Commercial Law
This stream focuses on law specifically in a business context. It is targeted at students with a particular interest in the legal aspects of business. Students will take commercial law modules with a view to preparing them to work in a commercial environment. This stream will be of particular interest to students who are interested in seeking apprenticeships with large commercial law firms.

Students study accounting modules, positioning them for a career in accountancy. Depending on the modules chosen, excellent exemptions are available to successful students in the professional accountancy bodies’ exams.

Students can apply their economic theory to modules as diverse as the economics of globalisation, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics. With this knowledge and the associated skills students who specialise in economics will be able to work in the private, public or voluntary sectors, as economic analysts, researchers, advocates, policy advisors or economic consultants.

Digital Business and Analytics
This specialisation focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems (IS) within business. It contains practice-based modules that teach students how to create IS using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages. It also provides modules that enable students to investigate how to manage IS within business. Students will be well positioned to secure jobs as management consultants and analysts specialising in IS or to work within the IS department of a business.

This specialisation focuses on the management within a global work environment. It explores topics within the fields of Human Resource Management, Business Strategy and Labour Law and will appeal to a student with a focus on understanding how business organisations manage their operations within their environment.


Further Education

Further study can lead to the LLM or PhD degrees. The PhD is undertaken by research and the taught LLM programmes on offer include LLMs in Public Law; International and Comparative Business Law; International Human Rights Law; Peace Operations; International Criminal Law; and Disability Law.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Commercial law firms are expanding their expertise in taxation to respond to international markets and the growing demand for legal expertise to support global operations.

Taxation is an emerging career pathway in the area of law and business. Graduates of this programme will have many options to support a successful career in law, taxation or both.

A solicitor working in a tax team would provide expert advice on topics such as commercial transactions, capital markets, financial transactions, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning and litigation.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Students will have the opportunity to work in law firms that specialise in taxation.

In advance of Professional Work Placement, law students receive one to one CV preparation advice along with interview support and coaching.

Study Abroad

Students can also take advantage of our links with leading international universities to spend a year studying abroad. Students will have the opportunity to take law and/or business modules taught through English. More information on these opportunities is on our International Study: http://www.nuigalway.ie/business-public-policy-law/school-of-law/internationalstudy/ 

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,733 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€3,593 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,666 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

Administrative Offices: Room 406, Floor 2, Tower 2, Concourse (Arts/Science Building)

Office hours:  11.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.00 (Monday – Friday)

Phone: +353 (0)91 492389

Email: law@nuigalway.ie


Trevor Glavey |   Associate and Chartered Tax Advisor with Matheson

I am an associate and chartered tax advisor with the law firm Matheson, which is the law firm of choice for internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Since graduating from NUI Galway’s School of Law in 2011 I now advise some of the world’s leading organisations with respect to their inward investment into Ireland, international tax and cross-border planning, corporate reorganisations, restructurings, transfer pricing and M&A. A career in law and taxation appealed to me because not only do I get to engage in high profile, challenging and interesting work but the significant international element also allows me to collaborate with colleagues from other jurisdictions in delivering client focused solutions and see the world. Given Ireland’s leading role in the international taxation landscape, if you pursue a career in law and taxation you can expect to be at the forefront of a dynamic and engaging industry with excellent opportunities.


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